When I first started the book, I asked myself if I liked the character of Pat Tillman. I didn't understand why I was having such a problem with him. BWhen I first started the book, I asked myself if I liked the character of Pat Tillman. I didn't understand why I was having such a problem with him. But my problem wasn't with him, it was with Krakauer and his kiss-assery, if I may. The hero treatment was way too much for me. Although, Tillman is a hero in many people's eyes and an overall good guy, it felt like he just couldn't be any guy. He had to be "unafraid to buck the herd", "defend honor, with fists if necessary", "Tillman...virtually indestructible", and was "uncommonly resistant to the temptations of the baser human appetites". Hell, he used ODYSSEY in the title! I could go on forever! There's even several paragraphs about how Tillman wanted to meet Noam Chomsky which seems useless until you realize Krakauer wanted to throw that in there because his friend noted that their minds operated the same way. Oh wait, actually that was useless.
Really? I almost disliked myself reading this book because I saw how cynical I was becoming with each chapter filled with adoration for Tillman. With that, I thank Krakauer for featuring the history of Afghanistan's civil wars because without it, I would have lost my mind. My suspicions on why he did this were confirmed towards the end. A lot of what was happening in Afghanistan possibly mirrors American policy or how Pashtunwali beliefs mirrored Tillman's own beliefs. I enjoyed that aspect and probably found that's what saved the book.
There are several wasted paragraphs and chapters on superfluous information. I see what he was trying to do with involving the Jessica Lynch story. Clever but annoying in the end. This was the same with other chapters. I felt like I answered my question on whether I liked Tillman's character when we got to journal entries. It was there that I felt he was real, while in Krakauer's own accounts, he relishes in the myth of Tillman. He should have relied more on Tillman's writings than on his own.
I don't think I'd ever read Krakauer again. I wonder if the author has an obsession with grandeur and the romance of people rather than letting these people be beautiful and wonderful on their own. As far as I know, this is his second book featuring white, upper middle class, men who are well educated but are looking for adventure in the most drastic ways. Though educated, they don't use their heads much. Rather their hearts. And this is not a bad thing but I wish Krakauer realized that instead of writing these ballads. Tillman didn't have to be boy wonder. The author even ends with the idea that Pat possessed no tragic flaw. But why would that be so bad? Pretty good read, good history, but in most cases, much too much....more
A while back I read an article in the Washington Post about the new domesticity among women. But it only identified the lives of white women living inA while back I read an article in the Washington Post about the new domesticity among women. But it only identified the lives of white women living in urban cities. After that I read another article about how the sustainable food movement and "bike to work" movement often appeared white and for people of priveledge. Later on a show called Girls made its debut on HBO and there was quite an uproar about class and race because there appeared to be so much left out from a show that was supposed to be a great series on the modern woman. On the modern feminist. It reminded me how left out I feel about most feminist work and things in pop culture geared towards women. I want to be interested because media is telling me it's for me. But then I realized how much it isn't and I wondered constantly about the seperation. Because of this I went to Ain't I a Woman, a book I tried to read at 15 but needed now more than ever. The history of the feminist movement shared in this book is incredible. The fact that it didn't want anything to do with black women made me think that we still have quite a long way to go. To look at this body of work in today's light, you can't deny that still women=white women and black=black men. How much are we still left out of the equation? And for that question, I can only say how important this book is for all women over two decades later. There is a sense among most reviewers that AIAW is a good but somewhat jumbled term paper. But to find out that Ms. hooks was an undergraduate when this was written gives one the understanding that this is the beginning of hooks in the movement. This is an incredible work for someone who was not a professor or not yet an expert in this field. And to understand that, it opens the doors for much of her later work and opens the doors for other black feminist writers and historians. I took my time reading AIAW. There was a sense that in some ways she was preaching to the choir but even the choir is shocked by this message. I think her intention was not to rant, to call out, or shame but to teach. To educate ALL women and men in the movement. And for that I am extremely thankful for this book. There's this idea that feminism is a radical thing but when approached in the right way, it's there to open your eyes to the long history of inequality. A history that is often being repeated. Feminism done right is there to radically change your mind about what your role is while walking through this life. This book will make you rethink what it means to be a black woman. ...more
I'm usually against the self-help book. They tend to say the same thing, the "duh" goes off in your mind, you close the book, and continue your abandoI'm usually against the self-help book. They tend to say the same thing, the "duh" goes off in your mind, you close the book, and continue your abandoned life. But I was happy to try out this book after hearing an NPR interview and an article over on Etsy. Summer Pierre has a way of opening your eyes to the "duh" and helping you along the way with many excercises and thought provoking questions.
It quickly became more than how to make art outside (inside) your regular day job. It became about having a good work life even if you hate the place. And it had a good section on money and what it can mean to you. These were all good tips as I start at a new job.
I give it 4 instead of 5 stars because some things were redundant. I'm sure it was done to drive the point home but I was ready to move on to the next. I also felt like it was the perfect book for someone who sees themselves as never quitting the day job. Inspiring for all artists but most helpful for those punching the clock and still creating at the end of the day. It's a fairly easy read (took me two days), quite insightful, and filled with enough cute drawings and famous quotes to keep you awake. ...more
I don't think I really want to read this book as it appears that it will end up telling me babies are actually good. I prefer to disregard the last paI don't think I really want to read this book as it appears that it will end up telling me babies are actually good. I prefer to disregard the last part of the title.
Really had trouble caring about the characters despite caring deeply for story. The prose is, of course, beautiful given how McCann narrates but some
Really had trouble caring about the characters despite caring deeply for story. The prose is, of course, beautiful given how McCann narrates but something is lost. I think, perhaps, that it is a really bold move to do lots of research pertaining to fiction. It's wasn't so much that it was fact overload or that McCann was trying to get the backdrop just right. I think at times he was perfectly lost in his story about a gifted gypsy to not burden us with that. However, maybe he was a little too lost and left me out. "Let the Great World Spin" gave so much depth to the characters. It's one of the extremely few books that left me close to tears. With "Zoli" I stood outside these people and the time period. The point may be made that the gypsy life, in general, is one of mystery. But I think I was ready to be opened up into this world I know little about. And now, I still feel that way. ...more
Abbott has recently become one of my new favorite authors with this being my third book I've read by her. As someone in love with noir, I can understaAbbott has recently become one of my new favorite authors with this being my third book I've read by her. As someone in love with noir, I can understand how kitschy it may be from time the time. But when you have a way with words that allow you to enter into those smoky bar rooms, those seedy motels, and walking dark slick streets alone, you know your're in the right business. Abbott's language is rich and seductive. You can taste the gin on every rough man, on every red-pouted mouth woman. Except this time she fails at having me give a damn about any of these characters. In fact, their names escape me even now. You'd of course expect that from short reads that her books are. But despite being able to go through her books in a day or two, Die A Little and Bury Me Deep left you full. Fun and easy to digest. This time it took me nearly a month and I finished it only to see the inevitable downfall of this set. In other reads I knew it was coming, only it was thrilling. This time I did the old song and dance just to say I did. I suppose I was just like the main character, wanting more. I still will read Megan Abbott. I'm just grateful this wasn't my first book by her. I think that noir with a women's point of view is no less gruesome. The characters aren't less damaged. But they have stories and aren't just props. I like Richard Stark, but women make easy targets as backstabbers or as a hindrance in his books. This is the same for most male authors of noir. Abbott does allows them to be backstabbers but also misguided, abused, adventurous, and dangerous. They become so much more than figures in the background screwing things up. And I appreciate that. Queenpin could have been dangerous and fun but maybe this time writing about characters lurking in the shadows left this book in the dark. ...more